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Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It worked for as long as it did. Just over a year, in fact.

Cons: I have this in a 5-disk array, two failed in almost total unison. I was lucky enough to be able to replace one before the other completely gave out, but now I'm paranoid about the remaining drives.

Other Thoughts: Don't run these. Seagate came out with a new 3TB drive, those seem to work better.

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ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates WPA2
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Card works as long as you use the driver CD that comes with the package. Don't use the ASUS utility.

Cons: Driver update essentially breaks N functionality. Don't know why that is, but it's the same story with two different PCs I popped the card into. Which sucks, because that means driver support is non-existent, and most likely won't see an update. Ever.

Other Thoughts: Just buy something else and save yourself the trouble.

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ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI EEB Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Great board, not for your average DIY builder 09/03/2013

This review is from: ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI EEB Intel Motherboard

Pros: Before I start, it must be said that this board isn't for the average DIY'er who "claims" high tech knowledge when the best they can do is assemble a PC and fiddle with numbers. This is a server grade board. You can't use an i7 on this board. You can't really overclock here. A lot of flack this mobo has taken here is from incompetence and inexperience from these misguided folks. A MINIMUM of 900w power supply with high +12A rails is necessary to even attempt to boot this rig. You can't just pop your old 600-700w from your old rig and expect this board to take it. Oh no, doesn't work that way.

This board is stellar - the options offered here are rarely found all together in one package. Highlights include 4-way SLI, dual quad channel that takes ECC and non-ECC memory, 6GB SATA and SAS ports, very granular options in BIOS, onboard USB and molex ports, and USB3 availability. I'm running 2x Xeon E5-2670, 32GB RAM with SSDs and 10k Velociraptor arrays using onboard Intel RSTe, so far still chugging along like a bullet train. It eats up anything and everything I throw at it.

Cons: The BIOS - though granular, AMI did a bad job with this BIOS; looks like something from 2001, really. It's functional, but come on, at least clean it up a bit. Also, the granularity is a double-edged sword - one wrong setting, and the system won't POST. This is where I believe got most people - a ton of options here aren't available on your run-of-the-mill board. Change one wrong value and you'll have to reset BIOS using the jumper method.

Video card - it's picky on which video card it wants to accept. The NVIDIA 6xx and 7xx seems to work great, but anything from older generations may see some strange and unexplained glitches that seemingly suggest the video card is at fault, when it's not.

On-board RAID - No idea why ASUS wanted to include the LSI MegaRaid SoftRAID OpROM and use it as default, when the hardware on the board are for Intel RSTe or Marvell RAID setups.

User Manual - IT SUCKS. Some pages even used the wrong layout image with the wrong jumper circled!

Other Thoughts: This seriously isn't for the average joe that throws parts together and hope for the best. The board does have quirks, and there are a lot fo pitfalls about this board that will catch many off guard, including even the most basic requirement of Xeon processors, not i-series with LGA 2011 CPUs. Most of the reviewers that gave this board a bad rep probably didn't even know what QPI is, never mind why i-series can't run parallel with another processor. If you do all your homework before purchasing, know you're about to shell out a good bit of cash to build this up, and punched in all the numbers, this board is like any other board out there. The requirements for this board are simply too hard to fathom for the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" tech monkey, then their egos get hurt, and out comes bad reviews.

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Display Name: Lawton Y.

Date Joined: 03/13/03

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 09/03/13
  • Last Review: 04/19/14
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